Monday, 17 June 2019

On the Move Again

Our WI had a lovely day out on 13 June. We went first to Godinton House and Gardens near Ashford, Kent. The house was built in 1879 by Colonel John Leslie Toke on the ruins of Roman and medieval foundations. It remained in the Toke family for two hundred years and today is a magnificent blend of centuries of evolving art and architecture.

We began with a lovely lunch and then our members were free to wander through the lush gardens.

Next we had a tour of Chapel Down Winery, near Tenterden. Our tour guide, Russell, explained all the intricacies of grape growing and wine making as we looked out onto the fields of grapes. We all got to wear the "stylish" hi-viz vests!

We learned, for example, that Chapel Down sources their fruit from a wide geographic area, in addition to the vineyards we saw. This ensures against the risk of crop failure while still maintaining consistency in quality.

From the vineyards, we progressed to the huge vats where the grapes are processed into wine. We also  had a nice "tasting" of the award winning Chapel Down wines, which made the end of the day that much more enjoyable!